Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Edison Mazda Lighting

Not particularly "pretty" cards, but I do like the vintage GE logo on the back. The Hotel Potter card shows that it was made by the Detroit Publishing Co. The bottom card looks like it is from the same, but bears no markings.

The Hotel Potter was completed in 1903 and immediately became a landmark on the Santa Barbara coastline. Sadly it burned to the ground only 18 years later. The Hotel Del Monte was opened in 1880 by Charles Crocker (one of the Big Four that developed the Southern Pacific Railroad). The Del Monte was a favorite of the rich and famous. A young William Randolph Hearst practically lived at the Del Monte.

Mazda was a trademarked name registered by General Electric in 1909 (Thomas Edison formed GE in 1892) for incandescent light bulbs.

Anyone know if the light bulbs in the "Lovelight" series were Edison Mazda bulbs??


  1. I don't know if the Lovelight cards were Edison Mazda. If I had thought of it, I would have asked the Light Bulb Lady when I was near her shop in Portland today. She sells every light bulb imaginable and is an expert on the history of light bulbs. I bet I could show her one of those cards and she'd know exactly what it was. Next time...

  2. I know that the Mazda name was used for a long time, but I don't know if it was used for all GE bulbs or not. Maybe it was just their "top of the line"?